Metro UN Paints Gory Picture of Northeastern Nigeria, Says Thousands of Children May Die Soon

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According to the United Nations, a huge number of people in northeastern Nigeria, an area ravaged by years of Boko Haram insurgency, are living in terrible conditions.

Thousands of children in the area will die of malnutrition this year, unless they are treated, UN Officials said on Friday after reaching areas previously cut off from aid by Boko Haram violence.

"Improving security has enabled humanitarians to access areas that were previously cut off," Munir Safieldin, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Nigeria, said in a statement. "The conditions we are seeing there are devastating."

According to a joint statement from several UN agencies, more than a half a million people need urgent food aid, as the violence has hit farming, disrupted markets and driven up food prices.

Jean Gough, Nigeria representative for the U.N. children's agency UNICEF, said about 250,000 children under the age of 5 in Borno will suffer from malnutrition this year.

"Unless we reach these children with treatment, one in five of them will die," she said. "We cannot allow that to happen."
 

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